“The other 46” is a term commonly associated with states not known for their wine production. California, Oregon, Washington and New York have established themselves as consistent producers of quality wines considered “world class”.
The wine industry is growing and wine is currently produced in all 50 states. This is an exciting time in many places, and in my opinion, none more-so than Arizona.
Having left the east coast, and the fifth largest wine producing state (Virginia), I was astounded by the quality of the wines being grown and made here in Arizona. From “new world” Zinfandels to classic Rhone style Syrahs and blends, Bordeaux like Cabs and Merlots to Sangioveses that rival those found anywhere, the potential this state offers is immense.
Arizona's microclimates are as diverse as it's population, and that's what makes this place so unique and exciting. We've barely begun to scratch the surface of vineyard and varietal exploration here, but the wines are already garnering the respect and attention of top critics; a fact reflected by recent scores and praises rarely seen in “the other 46”. Heading up that exploration is an enthusiastic, farsighted and overachieving team of professionals who are committed to making “the other 45” a reality.
Enjoy a bottle of your favorite Arizona wine tonight, or lay some down in the cellar, knowing that the wines are only going to get better.
Daniel Sweeney (ASV Production Manager)